​Sword Fern

​Sword Fern

Posted by Tammy Sons on 30th Mar 2018

Sword Fern

The Sword Fern is one of the various evergreen plants that can easily adapt to frost and cold weather in the winter. This plant is a native of the American west coast and can grow in areas as far north as Alaska. It is also able to grow in areas as far south as southern California. A sword fern is very impressive in size as it can grow to almost six feet tall when it is well maintained and properly planted. Regarding the color of the sword fern, it is an emerald green which stands out among other forms of vegetation. The fronds of the plant are quite long and narrow and form a sword-shaped appearance. Due to this shape and composition, it developed the name as the sword fern. Along with having a unique appearance, the sword fern is also quite hard and robust. Therefore it can be quite durable. Unlike some other ferns, the sword fern can survive long dry spells. When looking to grow, sword ferns love to be in full and partial shaded areas. 

They are also best for being in moist and well-drained soils as well. Regarding the ideal climate zones, the sword fern is best suited for eight through eleven. Another great thing about the sword fern is that they can be placed in hanging baskets on porches, patios and other locations with shade. Sword ferns are very popular among florists as they are ideal for being mixed with flowers. The sword fern is ideal for homeowners as they are quite easy to grow and maintain. They provide excellent color for gardens and natural areas. The Sword Fern USDA Climate Zone is 8 to 11. The Sword Fern Mature Height is 3 to 6 feet. The Sword Fern Mature Width: 2 to 3 feet. The Sword Fern grows 2 to 4 feet per year. 2 to 4 feet prefers partial to full shade conditions. The Sword ferns botanical Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum. The Sword fern prefers moist, well-drained soil.